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Album Review: Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble


Primus-And-The-Chocolate-FactoryThroughout my childhood there have been many films that have captured my impressionable imagination and then warped and raped it.  The Secret of Nimh, The Dark Crystal, The Brave Little Toaster, Labyrinth, Dumbo, Watership Down, etc.  They were all able to lure me in with colors, cuteness, and imagination and then rip the rug up from under me and show me the dark, seedy underbelly of the world in all its twisted glory.  I don’t know why, but I always tended to gravitate toward this style of film in my young age (and well into my teenage years and adulthood).  Sitting at the top of horrifically cute films lies the 1971 cinematic masterpiece Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring the great Gene Wilder in the role he was born to play; the magically mad Willy Wonka.  From the colorful cinematography to the densely dark under-themes of consumerism and greed the film didn’t shy away for a moment from the fact it was luring young kids into its mind-rape Ford Econoline van with pretty colors and promises of candy.

Another aspect of Willy Wonka that cements it as one of the greatest cinematic achievements is its soundtrack.  From happy and uplifting ‘Pure Imagination’ to nightmare inducing boat ride song the music of the flick covered just about every reachable aspect of places ones imagination can go.  And I’ll be damned if they weren’t catchy songs.  Don’t tell me you don’t find yourself humming the Oompa Loompa songs from time to time.  It was simply a quirky, fun, and occasionally dark bit of music.  And do you know what else is quirky, fun, and occasionally dark (ok, a bit more than occasionally)?  The long-standing oddball band, Primus.

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Album Review: Maskin – Storm


Maskin_Storm_digicover-300x300Label: Mosquito Recordings

Album:  Storm.  This is their debut

Release Date:  3 Sep 14

Genre:  Stoner / Hard Rock

Songs:  8

Length:  44 Minutes

Location:  Sweden

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Album Review: Adimiron – Timelapse


a3305286590_2Label: Scarlet Records

Album:  Timelapse; this is their fourth album

Release Date:  3 Nov 14

Genre:  Avant-Garde / Progressive / Post Death Metal

Songs:  9

Length:  43 Minutes

Location:  Italy  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will


Iron-Reagan-AlbumLabel:  Relapse Records

Album:  The Tyranny of Will

Previous Albums:  Worse Than Dead (2013); Exhumed/Iron Reagan Split (2014); Spoiled Identity EP (2014).

Genre:  Hardcore / Crossover Thrash / Punk

Songs:  24 (25 if you have the bonus track)

Length:  32 Minutes

From:  Richmond, VA, USA

FFO:  Municipal Waste, S.O.D., M.O.D., D.R.I., Cro-Mags, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Bio-Hazard Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: Withered by Earthship


earthship_withered coverAlbum: Withered

Label: Pelagic Records

Release Date: Sept. 15th, 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 34:18

Genre: Sludge/Doom

Studio Albums: Exit Eden (2011), Iron Chest (2012)

Location: Berlin, Germany

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Missed Reviews: Killswitch Engage; Bullet For My Valentine; Ghost Brigade; Toxic Holocaust; Skeletonwitch; Cradle of Filth


If I had it my way I would by every album I want with the money that grows on this tree outside.  But, since the world doesn’t work like that some potential album purchases get pushed to the wayside until a time arises when the wallet fairy says it’s time to buy.  In some cases, like with Ghost Brigade, I never knew they existed.  So, thanks to people like you, readers, fellow bloggers, and my Metal State cohorts, I get introduced to all kinds of bands, hence Ghost Brigade.  This segment is something I never did before, but I thought it would be cool to catch up on a few things I never got around to or freshly introduced to.  If you are like me, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!

Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent (2013)

Killswitch Engage is a band that was never really on my radar, but I could count on them for some pretty cool songs off each album; not to mention one cover I am really fond of.  In fact, by the time I heard of the band I didn’t even realize they were on a second vocalist in Howard Jones.  So, when I heard Jesse Leach was returning to the band I barely noticed there was ever much of a difference from the old to the most recent of their albums at the time.  When news of the latest album broke, I figured I would get around to it…well, that time is now.

I have to say my generalized opinion has changed a bit from my previous position.  I rather enjoy the new work.  I still only hear barely a difference in vocal style from Jones back to Leach, but music I find more attractive than past endeavors from Killswitch camp.  I felt most of their songs were a bit choppy whereas the Disarm the Descent has a smoother cadence and flow. Overall, a little bummed I didn’t grab it upon release, but I am happy to have it now and have given it several pleasurable spins.

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Album Review: With Our Arms To The Sun – A Far Away Wonder


image-21Album:  A Far Away Wonder

Genre:  Cinematic / Expressive / Progressive / Moody / Atmospheric / A Pinch of Desert Rock / Experimental

Songs:  8

Length:  47 Minutes

Label:  Independent

Release Date:  23 Sep 2014

Albums:  This is their 3rd studio album.

Location:  Arizona, US

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Tales From Bandcamp: Undermine The Supremacy – Ashes


When you think of metal and their country of origin, do you automatically think of the US or Europe?  Is Australia the first country that comes to mind when thinking about cool metal bands?  Perhaps you should start thinking about Australia a little more often.  It seems like as each day passes there are more bands popping up from down under well worth checking out.

Undermine the Supremacy is one I am focusing on today that slipped their band info into our inbox.  Thank you for that, by the way.  This Queensland five-piece is all about metalcore, you should know.  I am not going to spell out how bone-crunching their songs are or how deep the vocalist can growl.  I won’t waste any of your time talking about their chunky riffs or headbanging cadence either.  Why do all that when you can just check it out for yourself.  Go ahead.  Hit that play button!  If you enjoy the bombastic breakdowns of metalcore, you’ll have a hard time hitting the stop button.

For fans of:  Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, Heaven Shall Burn, Calaban, Lamb of God.

Roundtable Review: Slab City by Steak


DAX112XT.pdfAlbum: Slab City

Label: Napalm Records

Release Date: Sept. 5th, 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 48:07

Genre: Desert Rock

Studio Albums: Disastronaught (2012), Corned Beef Colossus E.P. (2013)

Location: London, U.K.

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Album Review: Chainfist – Scarred


PromoImageFor Fans of:  Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Big Four Influenced

Record Label:  Mighty Music

Release date:  6 Oct 2014

Genre:  Thrash / Hard Rock

Nationality:  Denmark

Songs:  11

Length:  50 Minutes

Albums:  Black Out Sunday (2010). Read the rest of this entry